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Postcard From Hampden

Holiday scenes from Baltimore's zany blue collar neighborhood

Oh Choong Young

The Best City Time Lapse Videos of 2011

From New York to Los Angeles to Barcelona to Seoul and beyond

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$6 Billion for Southern California's $40 Billion Need

Two cost estimates of needed pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure differ wildly

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The Delusion and Deception in Megaproject Cost Estimates

Toronto's planned Crosstown light rail project looks to mitigate colossal budget overruns

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Interpreting the World Through the Lens of Tintin

A researcher travels to the sites of Tintin comic adventures to explore their connections and misperceptions

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The U.S. Cities With the Most Leftover to Spend ... After Paying for Housing

The differences across metro areas are considerable

Los Angeles, Then and Now (1894-2011)

A look back at how far downtown L.A. has come since the turn of the 20th century

Charles Wolfe

A Tall Building Bible

Author Kate Ascher offers a remarkably plain-language reexamination of modern skyscrapers

The Cities With the Most At Stake in the Payroll Tax Fight

A New Year’s payroll tax hike would hit 'working stiff' metro areas the hardest

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Postcard From Bethlehem

A California town recreates the blocks-long Bethlehem, complete with a night market, and other news

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Can Amtrak Afford Its New NYC Home?

As construction of Moynihan Station moves forward, the rail provider says it can't pay much rent

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A Building Becomes a Pinball Machine

Created for Lyon’s annual Festival of Lights, “Urban Flipper” projects a fully-playable pinball game onto the facade of a neo-classical theater

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale

Why the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale Rejected Sustainability as a Theme

Event curator Terence Riley on the role of architecture in urbanism and the commercialization of green

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The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

There's never been a better time to be an urban researcher

Reuters

Price Tag of the Day: $10,000

That's the cost of securing an Occupy protest of 10 in the swanky town of Darien, Connecticut 

Happy Holidays From Your Mayor

The best in season's greetings

Reuters

Kim Jong-Il’s Vision for the City

What North Korea's urban architecture tells us about the late dictator

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The Social Media Avalanche and the Mayoral Communications Office

As criticism over the handling of Occupy camps heated up, not every mayor's office was prepared to deal with an international outpouring of negative opinion

Postcard From Bogota

Did the mayor cause the collapse of the city's electric company stock? That and other questions answered in today's news round-up